Friday, October 30, 2015

Office Hours at Campbell Court Elementary was a Blast!

Student sharing his work with Dr. Cotton
Last week, I had the opportunity to spend my "Office Hours" at Campbell Court Elementary School. It was a busy and productive day.  Some of my activities are listed below:

  • Talked with parents and students as they arrived for school that morning.
  • Observed a first grade teacher who was successfully implementing Daily 5 in her classroom.
  • Met with Mrs. Fulcher, principal, to discuss school initiatives and data related to student progress.
  • Visited several classrooms with Mrs. Fulcher and Mr. Bullins to observe instruction.
  • Ate lunch in the cafeteria with a "lively" group of second graders.  Among other things, we discussed what they like about their school as well as their plans for Halloween costumes. On a side note, we had a lot of super heroes at our table (e.g. Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman)!
  • Participated in professional development with primary teachers, the reading specialist, the instructional coach, principal, and an educational consultant to continue to focus on Daily 5 implementation at Campbell Court Elementary.
  • Participated in an engaging discussion on Daily 5 with primary teachers after school.  Based on feedback from the educational consultant and my observations, Campbell Court teachers are making great strides in implementing the Daily 5 program effectively.  Certainly, this is going to have a significant impact on student reading over time.
Overall, it was a great day.  I have to say that I was most impressed with the progress teachers are making with the Daily 5 implementation.  All of the primary teachers were working hard to improve their practices, and they were open to suggestions and advice from the educational consultant.  More importantly, I could see that their students are developing into highly successful, independent readers. It is clear that this hard work is going to pay off for our students.  I was reminded of how dedicated our teachers are and how hard they work each and every day to master their craft.  Keep up the great work, Campbell Court!  I am looking forward to visiting again in the near future.

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